You can help Tails! The first release candidate for the upcoming version 3.9 is out. We are very excited and cannot wait to hear what you think about it :)


Upgrades and changes

  • Integrate the Additional Software Packages feature into the desktop and revamp the interface of "Configure Persistent Volume".

  • Support unlocking TrueCrypt and VeraCrypt encrypted volumes on the desktop.

  • Upgrade Tor Browser to 8.0a9, based on Firefox 60 ESR.

  • Upgrade Thunderbird to 60.0b10.

  • Improve hardware support: upgrade some graphics drivers, firmware, and upgrade Linux to 4.17.

  • Upgrade tor to

  • Due to security concerns the Liferea feed reader will be removed from Tails by the end of 2018. Please migrate your feeds to Thunderbird.

Fixed problems

  • Don't display the Enigmail configuration wizard in every Tails session.

  • Many problems fixed in Tails Installer and elsewhere. For more details, read our changelog.

Known issues

Tor Browser always prompts whether it should ask webpages in English This will be fixed in Tails 3.9 (#15706).

The first time Tor Browser is started in a given Tails session, the NoScript icon is not displayed (bug #23359 on Tor Project's Trac). If you need this icon, restart Tor Browser.

This version may be slower than usual to start from DVD.

See the list of long-standing issues.

How to test Tails 3.9~rc1?

Keep in mind that this is a test image. We tested that it is not broken in obvious ways, but it might still contain undiscovered issues.

But test wildly!

If you find anything that is not working as it should, please report to us on

Bonus points if you first check if it is a known issue of this release or a longstanding known issue.

Upgrade from 3.8

  1. Start Tails 3.8 on a USB stick installed using Tails Installer and set an administration password.

  2. Run this command in a Terminal to select the "alpha" upgrade channel and start the upgrade:

    echo TAILS_CHANNEL=\"alpha\" | sudo tee -a /etc/os-release && \

    and enter the administration password when asked for the "password for amnesia".

  3. After the upgrade is installed, restart Tails and choose Applications ▸ Tails ▸ About Tails to verify that you are running Tails 3.9~rc1.

Download and install

You can install 3.9~rc1 by following our usual installation instructions, skipping the Download and verify step.

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Tails 3.9~rc1 torrent

What's coming up?

Tails 3.9 is scheduled for September 5.

We need your help and there are many ways to contribute to Tails (donating is only one of them). Come talk to us!